Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My volunteer group "English Picture Book workshop club"

Yesterday I had a meeting of my voluntter group "English Picture Book workshop club". 8 ladies participated. We did "bibliobattle" in English. Each person introduced a book which is their favorite Japanese book making 5 minute speech in English. After that we chose one book which the listeners wants to read, the book is called "today's champ".

It was not a competition of who made the best speech in English, though Toastmaster meeting is a kind of competition who makes the best speech in good English.
Of course the members' English skill is higher.

--- to tell the truth, I have a hang-out about English especailly speaking English. (Well, I know that before saying such thing, I should practice speaking English.) So before I attended this meeting, I had made sprict, and practiced --- (Thanks Jan)

However, this time I realized, the contents and fasination of the speaker are more important than speaking skill, English grammer and so on.
The members had only one thing in common -- they are ladies.
However their genration, their family member, the jobs are all different. It means their interesting things are different. So the field of the books which were introduced had a wide-renging.
The members were in their 30's, 40's and 50's. If someone who is in her 20's , 60's or 70's had joind us, it would have been more fun.

This is my script but it was too long, so I shortend it when I made a speech.
Hello, today I’ll introduce a digital book. I used to dislike reading digital books but now I sometimes read digital books on my IPAD. There are mainly three reasons. The first, letters are large enough to read with aged eyes. The second, we can read books as soon as we want to read them. The third we don’t need space to stock paper books. If you are in senior generation, the first reason is very important. And if you want simple and OSYARE life, the third reason is very important.
OSYARE life--- what is a suitable word in English for OYSARE? OSYARE has wide-ranging implications; fancy, fashionable, smart, trendy stylish, and so on. I think being simple is a kind of OYSARE.

Well, the title of this book is “OSYARE na kurashi”. The way to live with OSYARE. It is written by NISHIKURA REIKO. . Have you ever heard her name?  She was born in 1942 so now she is in her 70’s. She has pursued OSYARE na KURASHI for more than 50 years since she found the way to enjoy OSHARE.. What is OSYARE na Kurhashi?

She says to keep a positive attitude and a cheerful face. Try and challenge many things you want with positive attitude, on the other hand don’t bring yourself into the corner saying “I have to do”. Activities done with impatience make your face angry.

Reiko shows an example in this book;
Some women; probably they are in their 50’s or 60’s, have angry faces, and the reason might be very simple for example, they think “Though I just passed the post office, I forgot to buy a stamp. It’s troublesome to return to the post office.” Such a tiny reason makes their faces with angry. You find a positive attitude and a cheerful face in your daily life.

Reiko also says “When women get old, their faces get complicated naturally, so don’t forget to keep calm feeling.” When I read this paragraph, I grinned to myself, and looked at my face. I’m sick of hearing such things.
She says, to keep a positive attitude, you should find a nice and attractive person and imagine their daily life. If you don’t imagine it, try to get along with them. When you are getting along with them you’ll be more attractive naturally though some efforts might be needed. And enjoying the efforts will bring you OSYARE na Kurashi.
Don’t you think the word OSYARE na KUASHI has a nice ring?

This book was published in 2010, so at that time Reiko was in her 60’s. The OSHARE Reiko thought about at that time, and the OSHARE Reiko thinks about now, and the OSHARE Reiko used to think about when she was young might be different, but since she appeared in this art and book world, she has pursued the word “OSHARE”. So if you are not interested in this book, you should read other books which were written at the same generation as you.

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